Modernizing Your Legacy Business Software
Business relationships can be difficult, can't they? So many variables like different business models, sharky competition, unnerving politics, and even grating personality differences. Sure we try to be professional, but sometimes...well it's difficult. Especially when it comes to how we relate to our software. Or rather, how it can
create unnecessary business conflicts. Especially when we have May/ December marriages with our legacy software. Yes, yes, we know age shouldn’t make a difference in any relationship, and normally it doesn’t, but when it comes to software…
…Age makes a difference.
If your business software is somewhat December-ish, there’s a good chance you are in conflictive relationship—especially if you have experienced significant personal and business growth and your aged software partner has not.
Now, now before you protest, we already know about the automatic denial responses, all the excuses. Sure, your current software may be, familiar, comfortable, etc. It may have been a good provider but does it support your potential? Your current and future needs? Can it adapt and scale to any changes you want to make? Has it become, well…rather gold diggery, discontent with routine maintenance that modern software is satisfied by?
Here’s more signs that you may need to modernize and leave your current business software relationship:
If you must visit a cemetery or purchase a Ouija board to find support for your legacy software…
It’s time to upgrade when business is no longer supported by their creators.
If the average middle school student can hack into your system…
Face it, your software is easy. Been around the block a few times, so now hackers —maliciously intended or otherwise —have become familiar with the code and can easily exploit vulnerabilities.
Your system has become weirdly reclusive…
Off-the-shelf legacy software was meant for in-house systems not shareability. If your software limits access to data or users, must be must be cajoled to share files, or balks at suggestions like “cloud” or internet...you need to rethink agoraphobic software that "won't leave the house."
If your software predates smartphones…
It’s not likely it will get along with the mobile devices or mobile apps that currently are driving not only current business models but consumers.
If your software is jealous…
It may be driving a wedge between you and your employees. And, if legacy business software refuses to acknowledge changes in business it’s time to change to a more forgiving software, one that is user-friendly, has scaleability and can keep up with changes in your organization without being, like, so insecure.
If your legacy software is passive-aggressive…
Do dialog boxes open and demand a response from you, and, once given, refuses to further communicate? Continuous system errors that blow up over nothing are a sign this relationship has run its course.
If you feel like running away …
…and your software won’t let you. GET.OUT.NOW. The longer you wait to upgrade means the more difficult (and expensive) it will be to migrate later.
If you are experiencing one or more of these situations, it’s time to modernize. If all these circumstances are your new normal, you may be eligible for therapy, too.
Now. Imagine a new, business software partner, with features like the ability to easily handle huge amounts of data, storage, and computer on the cloud, scaleability to conserve resources, and interactive mobile applications. A mature relationship with business software is only what you deserve.
If you are ready to make a break with your current business software relationship, contact The Intellection Group. They can help. Of give a call at 678-283-4283.